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Church in Wales brings “revolution” to UK ministry training

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The Revd Dr Jeremy Duff, the first principal of the St Padarn’s Institute, described it as the “biggest revolution in theological education in the UK for 50 years or more”.
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[ACNS] A revolution in ministry training in the UK is being promised by the Church in Wales when its new training institute opens for business next week. The St Padarn’s Institute will train and equip clergy and lay leaders in the Province for service in today’s communities. It will be launched at a special service in Cardiff led by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, on 3 July.

It will replace the training provided at St Michael’s College, in Llandaff, which has provided theological training – firstly in Aberdare before moving to its present site – since 1892. The change is part of the 20:20 Vision of the diocese designed to encourage growth by looking at every aspect of church operations. It includes transforming local parishes into Mission Areas with teams of ordained and lay people looking after a collection of churches.

The buildings at St Michael’s college will remain open as St Michael’s Centre – a conference facility owned by the Church in Wales.

Under the new scheme, all ministry training in the Church will be brought together – from full-time residential courses for people training to be priests to part-time courses for those looking to develop their faith and discipleship. Training will be delivered by a team of officers based across Wales in each of the Church’s six dioceses, making St Padarn’s a truly all-Wales institute.

“The way in which the Church serves Wales has changed enormously as we respond to people’s way of life today and the different needs of our communities,” Archbishop Morgan said. “I am very excited about St Padarn’s – it is a bold new venture which will enable us to offer a broader and more flexible range of ministry training and to equip our leaders, both lay and ordained, with the skills they need for today’s church.

“For the Church to flourish it needs the gifts and energy of all its people, not just a few. St Padarn’s is enabling us to open up ministry and equip more people to find and respond to their particular calling.”

The first Principal of St Padarn’s, the Revd Dr Jeremy Duff, describes the institute as the “biggest revolution in theological education in the UK for 50 years or more”.

He continued: “St Padarn’s is a massive shift in ministry training – it is breaking the mould of the traditional theological college. Firstly, it is not just about those training to be ordained as it is also about equipping the whole church – developing lay ministries and supporting existing clergy through changes.

“Secondly, it is broadening our geographical reach as students will be able to study right across Wales rather than in just one corner of Cardiff. They will be train ‘on the job’ – apprentice-style – rather than being tied to the classroom.

“This is important as it means it will protect ministry in rural and Welsh-speaking areas as well as ensuring students with families won’t have to uproot completely during their course.

“Thirdly, St Padarn’s brings together all ministry training offered by the Church in Wales in a single, united vision. It will be the Church’s engine for change.

“The number of students who have enrolled for its first year has been very encouraging which suggests we are already releasing a new enthusiasm in Wales for ministry.”

The new training institute will launch on Sunday (3 July) with a service in St Michael’s Centre chapel, led by Archbishop Morgan.

St Padarn, the sixth century saint after whom the new institute was named, was an abbot bishop who founded the Church in Ceredigion as well as a number of churches in Normandy, France, as the first Bishop of Braga.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the Anglican Communion News Service on Tuesday 28 June 2016

General Synod to receive report on diaconate

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

“My hope had been that deacons themselves will feel supported and affirmed and know that they are not alone,” says The Rev. Eileen Scully when asked how she hopes the Iona Report will be received. Photo: Anglican Journal files

General Synod 2016 will consider legislation dealing with the role of deacons in the Anglican Church of Canada.

A resolution brought forward by the faith, worship and ministry (FWM) co-ordinating committee asks General Synod to receive The Iona Report (and the Competencies of the Diaconate it includes) and commend it to the dioceses to be studied and reviewed, with feedback to be submitted by October 2018.

The Iona Report is part of a much larger renewal of the diaconate in the Canadian Anglican church that has been taking place since the 1980s, explained the Rev. Eileen Scully, FWM director.

For much of Anglican history, the diaconate was seen simply as a step toward priesthood, but more recently it has been championed as a distinct ministry in its own right—one especially directed toward “those living at the margins of systems and society,” as the report puts it.

But while Canada has had an association of Anglican deacons since 2000, Scully noted that in many parts of the church, the diaconate is still not very well understood.

“[Deacons] are marginalized in most places in the life of the church—many of them do not have voice, let alone vote, at synods,” she explained. “It is very difficult for them to be recognized in a lot of places as being an authentic ministry and a fully ordered ministry of the church.”

As the number of deacons in Canada has increased, the need for a set of common standards has become more urgent, said Scully. This eventually led to a call at General Synod 2013 for the creation of a task force that would develop the national theological vision statement and set of competencies for the diaconate that would eventually become The Iona Report.

“My hope had been that deacons themselves will feel supported and affirmed and know that they are not alone, and know that there is a ground with which they can work within their dioceses, parishes, college of deacons, bishops,” she said when asked how she hopes the Iona Report will be received.

“Secondly, it is to equip the leadership who are responsible for calling forth, discerning, forming, training [and] giving spiritual direction, ongoing continuing education, tips and the constant sort of life-long ministry review that is supposed to happen.”

The resolution also requests that the primate convene a study of the report within the House of Bishops and report back to FWM, and that a revised liturgical text for the ordination of a deacon be prepared in time for General Synod 2019.


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André Forget joined the Anglican Journal in 2014 as staff writer and social media lead. He also serves as managing editor of Whether Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Winnipeg Review, and the Town Crier.


Anglican Journal News, June 24, 2016

Curry, Idowu-Fearon to speak at General Synod

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Archbishop Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion. Photo: Anglican Communion Archives

Representatives from at least six church organizations—including Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church (TEC), and Archbishop Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion—are expected to speak at General Synod when it meets in Richmond Hill, Ont. next month, event organizers say.

According to an event agenda made public earlier this month, Curry is slated to speak to General Synod on Friday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m.; Idowu-Fearon is expected to address the gathering Saturday, July 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Other confirmed speaking guests include: Bishop Susan Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Church of Cuba (Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba, or IEC); Jose Bringas, director of the IEC’s office of development and mission; and Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, says Andrea Mann, the Anglican Church of Canada’s director of global relations.

Other guests expected to attend part or all of General Synod include: the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell, moderator of the United Church of Canada; the Most Rev. John Boissonneau, auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto; and Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada.

There will also be representatives from ecumenical bodies to which the Anglican Church of Canada belongs, such as KAIROS Canada and the Canadian Council of Churches, and local ecumenical and interfaith leaders will be invited to General Synod’s opening service and reception, says Bishop Bruce Myers, coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Quebec and the Anglican Church of Canada’s former co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations.

These guests will be welcome to take part in the activities of General Synod as much as possible, Myers says, “including helping us discern our way through some of the issues we’re dealing with as a church.”

Having them present, he says, is a way of recognizing that no church, including the Anglican Church of Canada, exists completely apart from the rest.

“We’re part of a much larger Christian family, and it behooves us to take our sisters and brothers in other churches into account in our decision making, and to be attentive to what they have to say,” he says.

“Simply having full communion and ecumenical partners present at the General Synod is a visible reminder to us that the things we say and do as the Anglican Church of Canada have implications beyond ourselves.”

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Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.


Anglican Journal News, June 22, 2016

‘New beginning’ seen at struggling Emmanuel & St. Chad

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Tali Folkins

The chance to provide theological education in the local context of the prairies is a big part of what attracted him to the position of Emmanuel & St. Chad principal, says Dean Iain Luke. Photo: Contributed


The chance to provide theological education in the local context of the prairies is a big part of what attracted him to the position of Emmanuel & St. Chad principal, says Dean Iain Luke. Photo: Contributed

A small, struggling Saskatchewan theological college is hoping that a new plan and a new principal will help set it back on track.

This spring, the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad, which almost ceased operating in 2013, announced it had hired a new principal—the first person to take on the position on a permanent basis since it was eliminated, also in 2013, as a cost-cutting measure.

Effective Aug. 1, Dean Iain Luke, former assistant professor of theology and director of the Institute for Anglican Ministry at St. John’s College, Winnipeg, will be Emmanuel & St. Chad’s new principal.

“We may not have closed Emmanuel & St. Chad but we came close, so it certainly marks a new beginning,” Michael Hawkins, bishop of the diocese of Saskatchewan and president of the college’s council, says of the appointment.

The college’s origins go back to 1879, and it has been the officially- accredited theological college for the ecclesiastical province of Rupert’s Land since 1967. In recent years, however, Emmanuel & St. Chad has been, like many theological colleges across North America, facing the twin difficulties of dwindling finances and declining enrolment, Hawkins says. There has also been growing competition from dioceses with their own schools of ministry or alternative programs for training and discernment.

In 2006, the college sold its buildings to the University of Saskatchewan, but even this didn’t solve all its financial problems, Hawkins says. In 2012, its council announced the college would suspend operations the following year, while it would work to come up with a three-year restructuring plan. In 2013, however, the council said it would continue operating for the time being, by working with its partner schools in the Saskatoon Theological Union (STU)—St. Andrew’s College (United Church of Canada) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary.

By this time, the principal’s position had been eliminated, and the faculty was down to a single professor.

Things are now looking more hopeful for the college, Hawkins says. Since 2014, it has been working on a plan to offer its licentiate of theology (LTh) mostly remotely, online, with the support of locally-based mentors and tutors—an offering intended, he says, as training for diaconal ministry or for locally-raised priests.

“It’s a shift of the focus away…from the residential emphasis, to a more online or distance education—but also to being responsive to the particular needs of dioceses throughout the province,” Hawkins says. “Some of Iain’s work will be teaching, but the majority of it will be trying to get this program organized.”

The college hopes this program will be available for students next January.

In the meantime, Emmanuel & St. Chad’s, despite having no professors for a year now, has been able to continue offering its more traditional master of divinity (MDiv) program with the help of a small number of adjunct faculty and by partnering with the STU. This May, it graduated four students, Hawkins says, and is hoping to have five students enrolled next year.

Hawkins says he’s known Luke since the 1980s, when they both pursued undergraduate degrees at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

“He’s a brilliant scholar, and he’s an experienced pastor,” Hawkins says. “I think those two gifts will be a real blessing to the college, and to the church as a whole.”

Luke’s academic credentials include not only an MA in theology from Oxford University, but a PhD in economics from Cambridge. Since 2007, he has been serving as dean of the diocese of Athabasca and rector of St. James’ Cathedral in Peace River, Alta.

Luke was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, and Hawkins says he believes his small-town roots and experience in rural prairie ministry will help Emmanuel & St. Chad build on one of its historic key strengths.

“One of the gifts of the college has been that it’s provided theological education that was sensitive to the context, especially of the prairies, and I think there’s a new hope for that,” he says. “Iain presented a paper, when he came for the interview, on what rural ministry could teach urban ministry that was thrilling, so I think there’s also a sense here of going back to some of our rural roots as a college and affirming and focusing on the particular context we’re in.”

For his part, Luke says the chance to provide theological education in the local context of the prairies is a big part of what attracted him to the position.

“I have a real attachment to the prairies, and the way of life, and the people, and that kind of combination of rural and urban that’s a part of our life here,” he says. “The college in Saskatoon is kind of the one place where that’s really been allowed to flourish in terms of leadership development in our church, so the opportunity to be part of that and particularly to renew that now as the college looks to new ways to serve that constituency is really appealing to me.”

Luke says he’s also excited to be playing a role in the college’s development of new programs, and new ways of delivering those programs.

“It’s stimulating to be part of that, and…if we do create a new pattern for training and relationship between the college and the church, that would be a really fulfilling thing to look back on and say I was part of.”

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Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.


Anglican Journal News, June 22, 2016

On the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer 2016

Posted on: June 20th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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On the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer 2016

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June 21 marks the annual commemoration of the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer, established by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. In response to Call to Action #48 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Archbishop and Primate Fred Hiltz has called for a public reading of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by every parish in Canada, to be held on National Aboriginal Day or the Sunday closest. The reading should be accompanied by appropriate prayers and ceremonies in keeping with Indigenous spiritual traditions.

The Government of Canada officially adopted the UN Declaration on May 10, 2016, when Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, addressing the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York City, announced that Canada was “now a full supporter of the Declaration, without qualification.” Outlining the rights of Indigenous people around the world on issues such as culture, self-determination, language, health, education, and resources, the UN Declaration provides a foundational framework for reconciliation and for securing the rights of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people in Canada.

National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald writes: “While each of the articles of the Declaration is important, the guiding thread is the right to self-determination…The Anglican Church of Canada has had moments where, coming close to such a recognition, there have been steps forward towards realizing a new relationship within this understanding…Fully complying with the UN Declaration will mean more consistent and genuine progress toward lasting self-determination for the Indigenous church, in such a way that can nurture creative relationships of equity and mutuality across the whole church.”

Forty-six Indigenous representatives present a short version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Video by Melanie Nielsen Emonet

A number of additional resources are available online to help Anglicans celebrate the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer.

In response to the Primate’s call, the Rev. Canon Greg Smith has created A Ceremony of Solidarity as a resource to parishes. The document outlines the headings of each the UN Declaration’s 46 articles pertaining to Indigenous rights, and is accompanied by a reading of the Ten Principles guiding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the mandate given by the Primate, and prayers from Indigenous Ministries resources.

Liturgical resources also include Honouring the Four Directions, a prayer resource based on the colours of the medicine wheel, and propers for the Book of Alternative Services Calendar of Memorials and Commemorations. Texts for the latter are available in English and French, Inuktitut, and Western Cree.

Finally, a key resource for setting the UN Declaration in both its historic and present-day context is the timeline “Indigenous Peoples and the Anglican Church in Canada: Timeline of an Evolving Relationship”, created by Esther Wesley, coordinator of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation, in cooperation with the General Synod Archives, Indigenous Ministries, Public Witness for Social Ecological Justice, and Communications.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, June 20, 2016

National Aboriginal Day of Prayer a reconciliation opportunity for Anglicans

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

A display of Aboriginal colours on the altar side table during the 2013 commemoration of the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer at the Anglican Church of Canada’s Chapel of the Holy Apostles in Toronto. File photo: Marites N. Sison

A year after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report, Canadian Anglicans are using Canada’s 20th anniversary celebrations of National Aboriginal Day (June 21) as an opportunity to work toward reconciliation.

Mark MacDonald, the Anglican Church of Canada’s national Indigenous bishop, said the Anglican Church of Canada is at a “tipping point” in terms of its members’ interest and involvement in reconciliation.

“My experience, especially in recent months, is that this is picking up steam,” he said, speaking of Anglican engagement with the legacy of colonialism. “I see what you might call the normal, everyday parish, the normal everyday parishioners, showing interest, getting involved.”

National Aboriginal Day is shaping up to be something of a catalyst for this movement, with parishes and cathedrals across the country taking part in initiatives to mark the occasion. In 2010, General Synod passed a resolution adding the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer on June 21, or the nearest Sunday, to the church’s liturgical calendar.

A special liturgy has been composed for this year’s celebration by the Rev. Canon Greg Smith, professor at Huron University College in the diocese of Huron.

Smith said that the liturgy, An Action in Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, was inspired by a statement made by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, in response to the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action. Hiltz called on parishes to read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as part of their service on the Sunday closest to June 21 as a way of recognizing National Aboriginal Day.

While the uncondensed UNDRIP contains 46 articles and runs to 18 printed pages, Smith and the worship team at the church where he is honorary assistant, St. Aidan’s in London, Ont., adapted it into a dynamic, multi-voiced reading that takes around 12 minutes to perform.

The liturgy has already been used in the diocese of Huron’s National Aboriginal Day service, held June 12 at Walpole Island First Nation, in southwestern Ontario, and Smith has had requests from other parishes and dioceses interested in using it in their own services.

Hiltz commended Smith on finding a way to make a long official document more accessible to congregations.

“[Smith’s liturgy is] much more creative way than simply reading 46 articles,” he said. “I’m satisfied that people have picked up on it—the things I hear are pretty positive.”

The liturgy is one of several being used across the country. Other dioceses have liturgies rooted in Indigenous traditions, which they plan on using to celebrate the occasion.

Canon Travis Enright, Edmonton’s canon missioner for Indigenous ministry, said most of the parishes in his diocese would be using the Standing Stones liturgy he has been instrumental in developing, which incorporates Anglican and Cree elements in the Eucharist service.

But some dioceses are also urging Anglicans to get involved in activities organized by local Indigenous groups.

Sharon Pasula, Oskâpêwis/Indigenous cultural and educational helper for the diocese of Edmonton, and Brander Raven, New Westminster’s diocesan Indigenous justice ministries coordinator, both stressed the importance of getting involved in Indigenous-led celebrations.

“Supporting these [Indigenous events] is part of reconciliation,” Pasula explained in an email to the Anglican Journal.

Dean Shane Parker of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, said his community would be taking these concerns into account by hosting a service on the night before the event itself. The service will involve a reading of the UNDRIP in its entirety, following a song of gathering from Barbara Dumont-Hill, an Algonquin elder from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, in Maniwaki, Que.

Similarly, Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, B.C., has also decided to hold a vigil the evening before the day itself. The vigil will include Aboriginal drum songs, First Nations singers, prayers and a reading of the UNDRIP.

“This service is one small continuation on the path of reconciliation to which Anglicans on these Islands have committed themselves,” said Dean Ansley Tucker, the cathedral’s rector, in a June 15 statement. “There is still much work to be done.”

But while National Aboriginal Day provides a useful way of engaging the attention of the church’s non-Indigenous members, Enright noted that events such as this don’t always “penetrate the hearts and minds of the parishes,” and stressed the importance of substantial, ongoing reconciliation work within dioceses.

“How do we infuse it in a much more organic way, so that people understand the teachings of being a treaty people, understanding what it means to be in reconciliation with the population that we may have done some harm to?” he said.


Anglican Journal News, June 17, 2016

Three Indigenous bishops ordained in Argentina

Posted on: June 15th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

(L-R): The Rev. Cristiano Rojas, the Rev. Mateo Alto and the Rev. Urbano Duarte during their consecration as suffragan bishops in the diocese of North Argentina. Photo: Contributed

Three Indigenous Anglican priests were ordained as bishops in Argentina last week, becoming the latest of a very small number of Indigenous Anglicans ever to have become bishops in the province of South America.

The Rev. Cristiano Rojas, the Rev. Mateo Alto and the Rev. Urbano Duarte were consecrated as suffragan bishops of the diocese of North Argentina June 5. As suffragan bishops, the three will assist the current diocesan bishop of North Argentina, Bishop Nicholas Drayson.

The ceremony, held in El Portillo, a small, mostly Indigenous town in Argentina’s Chaco region, was attended by more than 1,000 people, Bishop Michael Pollesel, of the diocese of Uruguay, told the Anglican Journal.

“The town’s population swelled, as people made their way there travelling on a dirt road for some two hours or more,” said Pollesel, who took part in the consecration. “The Indigenous people see these ordinations as a recognition of the importance of Anglican ministry and presence among their peoples.”

There are now, Pollesel says, some 140 Anglican churches in the diocese that are attended mostly by Indigenous people. It is mostly because of these churches, he says, that North Argentina has far more churches than any other Anglican diocese in the province. (Pollesel was elected bishop of Uruguay in 2011, after having served as general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada.)

The diocese of North Argentina belongs to the Anglican province of South America (formerly known as the Southern Cone), which includes dioceses in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

The three new bishops belong to the Wichi and the Toma, two peoples native to the region.

The event, Pollesel says, took about four hours, and featured four languages—Spanish and three Indigenous languages, with music provided by guitars, an accordion and an electric organ. Most people stood for the whole service, he says, since there weren’t enough chairs for the throngs of people who showed up.

It took place a half-century after the first ordination of Indigenous Anglicans in Argentina, Drayson says. Until the mid-1960s, bishops in Buenos Aires refused to ordain Indigenous spiritual leaders because they “did not consider they would be able to function outside their context,” he says.

This changed when Cyril Tucker became bishop of Argentina in 1965. Confronted with this situation, Tucker is said to have responded, ‘Find me a man who can raise his own people spiritually and I will ordain him,’ Drayson says. The following year, seven Indigenous candidates were ordained as priests in the diocese. In 1975, an Indigenous priest, the Rev. Mario Mariño, was ordained suffragan bishop of North Argentina, and served in the position until his death in 2002.

Within the Anglican province of South America, Drayson says, there has also been one Indigenous bishop in Chile and another in Peru.


Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.


Anglican Journal News, June 14, 2016

Theological training school reopens in Iqaluit

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The Rev. Joseph Royal, director of the Arthur Turner Training School, hopes the school will be a “resource for the entire diocese.” Photo: Diocese of the Arctic

This September, after nine years in limbo, the Arthur Turner Training School (ATTS) will once again open its doors to Anglicans for ministry in the diocese of the Arctic—this time, out of its new home at St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit.

“[The school] is meant to be a resource for the entire diocese,” said the Rev. Joseph Royal, the school’s director. The vision is for lay people and clergy to “come and attend classes, learn and take part,” he said.

The school, named after an Anglican priest and missionary who served the Baffin Island community of Pangnirtung from 1928 until his death in 1953, was established exclusively for Indigenous people by Bishop D.B. Marsh, the second bishop of the diocese of the Arctic. It has seen a number of ups and downs over the years.

ATTS first opened in Pangnirtung in 1970. It was housed in a group of buildings that had previously been home to St. Luke’s Anglican Hospital. For more than 35 years, the school trained Anglican clergy and lay people for ministry in the North, and Royal estimates that about 50 people passed through its programs during that period, including three future bishops.

But with each passing year, the harsh Arctic climate took its toll on the buildings and they were eventually rendered unusable.

The timing was not good. Three hundred kilometres to the south, in Iqaluit—the central hub for the eastern part of the diocese—another problem had surfaced. St. Jude’s Cathedral had burned down in 2005, leaving the diocese with no resources to relocate the school. The last full-time class graduated from ATTS in 2007.

Once the new cathedral was finished in 2012, however, ATTS became a major priority.

Royal, who at that time was the rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Yellowknife, N.W.T., was part of the diocesan education committee that looked into reopening the school. He said finding money was a serious challenge.

“In the North, everything is expensive, the costs are extremely high, and we have limited resources,” he said.

However, a return of about $50,000 in 2014 from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement gave the project the stimulus it needed to get started.

The school received another boost this year when the Nunavut government designated ATTS as a recognized post-secondary institution, which will allow students to apply for government funding.

The ATTS curriculum, like all ministry schools, will mix theology, study of the Bible and the Anglican tradition, but the program will be “tailored to the needs” of the diocese’s predominantly Indigenous members, said Royal, who will also be the main instructor.  Courses, for example, will be taught bilingually in English and Inuktitut.

While Royal is not himself fluent in Inuktitut, and some of the visiting instructors will not be teaching in English, he said the school has access to “very, very good translators.”

Royal also plans on emphasizing Indigenous approaches to Scripture and theology, and hopes the program can be made to incorporate teaching from Indigenous elders.

“Indigenous people are finding their own way…finding out what Christ means for them, and what discipleship means for them, and they don’t need others telling them how it’s done,” said Royal. “There’s a great deal of wisdom in the North.”

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André Forget joined the Anglican Journal in 2014 as staff writer and social media lead. He also serves as managing editor of Whether Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Winnipeg Review, and the Town Crier.


Anglican Journal News, June 13, 2016

Seminarians and newly-ordained from around world visit ACO and Lambeth

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

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27 young Anglican seminarians and newly-ordained clergy from across the world visited the Anglican Communion office in London.

The visit is part of the two-week Canterbury Scholars Programme at Canterbury Cathedral. The programme, which is now in its 14th year, provides opportunities for Anglicans and Episcopalians from around the Communion to pray study and live together in community. It is also a chance to explore and share different aspects of faith in different cultural contexts and reflect on serving the Anglican Communion in various parts of the world.

The visitors got the chance to learn more about the work of the Anglican Communion Office from staff members.

The group was enthusiastic about the conference.

“It’s been a game changer for me.” said Michael Horvath, who is about to go into his third year at the General Theological Seminary in New York City.”I have developed a greater understanding of the breadth and scope of the Communion and the issues that face us globally.”

Mdudzi Mathe – a third year student from the College of Transfiguration in Grahamstown, South Africa — has also appreciated getting a more global perspective.

“It’s been encouraging to see how we all face similar challenges. We share the same problems and so we have been learning from each other.”

Revd Mercy Mwaniki was ordained in 2012 and works in a children’s home at Embu in Kenya. She said the conference would benefit her ministry.

“It has been so productive. And it is a great privilege to come to the roots of the Anglican Communion. “

She particularly enjoyed the pilgrimage at Canterbury Cathedral.

“That was very special for me. I come from a Low Church background so it was very different.”

Revd Melvin Bautista from St Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Manila in the Philippines was ordained two years ago. He described the trip as ‘very enlightening’.

“You see the hand of God over the whole world here. You see people from other places on the same journey and how God is working in them.”

The guests came from 16 countries: Australia, Burundi, Canada, England, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Before visiting the ACO, they met the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace. They also attended the Eucharist celebrated by Archbishop Justin.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS  on Monday 6 June 2016

Anglican ‘hidden treasure’ archives to be restored

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Stephanie Taylor, Information and Knowledge Manager at the Anglican Communion Office
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Archive treasures from the start of the Anglican Communion Office (ACO) back in 1968 are to be restored and developed to help build and inform the future of the Communion and its mission.

The archive records of the ACO and the Instruments of Communion, includes details of the 1968 Lambeth Conference from the inception of the Anglican Consultative Council. Other papers relate to provincial correspondence; ecumenical reports, records including collections on mission, women’s ordination, marriage and the family, conflict, refugees and migration, AIDS, and the United Nations.

Information and Knowledge Manager at the ACO, Stephanie Taylor, said, “I am passionate about the potential of information sharing to facilitate connection, collaboration, and learning. In order for this to happen, we need to tell our stories.

“For some, archives may be seen as dusty old repositories of box upon box, file upon file, of old papers; something to be forgotten about, or worse, thrown away, but archives are so much more than a set of dusty old papers.”

She said, “Archives tell the story of who we are, why we are here and what we want to achieve. They are crucial to our sense of identity and a huge strategic resource for mission, outreach and renewal. The Revd David M. Howard, the author and retired Christian missionary, said: ‘It is this combination of historical perspective with contemporary needs that will greatly strengthen the ministry of any mission. And the archives of the mission can thus be seen as indispensable to the present and future vision and direction of the mission.’”

Stephanie believes archives are not just historical records but hold collective ‘corporate memory’ and are a living resource; a source of knowledge to be utilised, moving forward, for mission.

She said, “These archives are the Communion’s story and the records and documents within them are treasures that the Revd Dr Jesse Zink, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, argues can help to shape and form the understanding of how history speaks to our present world. I recently had the pleasure and privilege of serving at ACC-16 in Lusaka, Zambia. In his sermon at the opening service, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of the importance of telling our stories. He said:

“The higher a tree grows, the more likely it is to need deep roots. When the storms come, only the roots make a difference. The older a society or nation becomes, the more it needs to tell its story; so that in each generation we renew the sense of who we are and why we are here now.”

Dr Tim Powell, Senior Advisor for Religious Archives at The National Archives has also stressed the historical and theological value of the archives. He wrote:

“They will be one of the most important sources for understanding the development of Anglicanism – and Christianity generally – worldwide from the later twentieth century. They will be particularly important for understanding theological developments in the Church and ecumenical relationships.”

Stephanie added: “I am reminded of, Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’, in which he writes: ‘It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.’  In other words we remember to move forwards. We need to tell our story to learn from the past and to shape our future.

“I am delighted to say that the Standing Committee resolved to adopt objectives for the management of the Anglican Communion archives. In committing to developing an archive at the ACO, in stewardship on behalf of the Communion, the ACC Standing Committee has made an enormous gift – the treasure hidden in clay jars will one day be hidden no more, it can be used, in the words of Archbishop Welby, in our mission of setting lights shining in every community.”


Anglican Communion News Service, daily update from the ACNS on Tuesday 1 June 2016